It’s that time of the year again! New year. New you. New wellness goals.
If you’re like the rest of us, you’ve probably made a new-year’s resolution to start living low-carb, but anecdotes (and research) suggest that most resolutions go down the drain by the end of January. Staying on track is tough – especially after the festive period, when you’ve no doubt indulged a little too much – but it’s not impossible (far from!).
Don't let your new-year’s resolution slip away. Here are five tips to help you stay on track with your weight-wellness goals.
Getting the support you need is one of the most important factors in sticking to your low-carb lifestyle long-term. If you don’t have anyone in your life who you can turn to for moral support, resolve to spend at least 15 minutes every day reading our low-carb blogs and participating in our discussions on social media – find us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
The more you feed your brain positive messages, the easier it will be to resist your well-meaning friends or family members who insist you can eat their famous spag bol “just this once”.
Embrace Your Low-Carb Lifestyle
Don’t be sad that you’re cutting out carb-laden foods – be glad that you’re making the decision to strive for a better lifestyle.
Remember that you’re doing this for your own good. You’re not depriving yourself or being left out if you opt for the grilled chicken breast with steamed vegetables instead of the fried foods and hand-cut chips that everyone else has ordered – more like the opposite! You’re looking after yourself, and you will be rewarded for it.
Equally, never apologise for your choice to go low-carb – be proud of it. If anyone pressures you into eating a burger because “you only have one once in a while”, a simple “No, thanks!” is all it takes.
Be Committed and Start Planning
Whether you’re planning on cycling to work every morning or rejoining the gym, you need to schedule a routine that you can live by, that works for your daily life so you won’t throw the towel in. Just don’t make the mistake of thinking that you can figure it out as it comes or try to wing it – we all know how that ends!
Commit yourself to going to the supermarkets and shops on Sunday and getting most of your low-carb food prep done for the rest of the week. It may require some discipline to get it done, but trust us: come Monday, you’ll be glad that you did the shopping and meal-prepping beforehand. Plus, your bank account will thank you for preparing your own lunches and dinners.
Don’t Stop Treating Yourself
Clear out the leftover Christmas pudding, panettone, and stollen, and make room for your favourite low-carb foods: they could be things you’ve always enjoyed, or they could be treats that you’ve been denying yourself because you were convinced that they were bad for you – like rib-eye steaks, bacon and sausages, hard cheeses, and dark chocolate. Start buying and enjoying them this year! Yes, your budget may be tight – especially considering the time of the year – but you’ll be making the right choices for your wellness.
Try New Low-Carb Recipes
If you’re just starting a low-carb lifestyle for the new year, we suggest that you try a new low-carb recipe at least once a week – ease yourself in with one designated New Recipe Night every week to keep it interesting.
A quick search on Google will pull up more low-carb recipes than you can dream of. However, you need to make sure that the recipe is genuinely low-carb before you head out to shop the ingredients, spending your hard-earned cash! Luckily for you, we’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to – you can find plenty of low-carb recipes that are delicious and easy to make on our website now.
Get Back on Track Today!
Life-changes sometimes require repeated attempts. If you’re giving the low-carb lifestyle another go and you have a nugget of knowledge or two that you bring to your new-year’s resolution – do share! Likewise, if you need more low-carb ideas, you can reach us via our Contact Us page or find inspiration from our Atkins community.